MINGO COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — Timothy Kennedy, the man accused of killing Sgt. Cory Maynard with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), was arrested Friday and arraigned Saturday morning.
Timothy Kennedy, 29, of Matewan, was arrested after being found in a stolen vehicle just before 11 p.m. on Friday, according to the WVSP. The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation website lists his charge as first-degree murder. He is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail without bond.
He was considered armed and dangerous. Local officials had residents shelter in place while they looked for Kennedy.
A 39-year-old was shot by a rifle during the shooting. According to Mingo County dispatchers, they were flown to the hospital. They are in critical, but stable condition, according to WVSP.
In 2020, Timothy Kennedy, then 26, was reported missing. He was later found 400 feet into a closed mine in a Gilbert area that had not produced coal since 2011. Rescuers found evidence of copper removal during their search. The Department of Health and Human Resources at the time said Kennedy had become lost after trespassing.
Friends, agencies and West Virginia officials have been sending condolences to Maynard’s friends and family. One man – Justin Marcum – told Nexstar’s WOWK that he had talked to Sgt. Maynard the morning before his death.
“He never met a stranger. If it was a homeless person, if it was an attorney if it was whomever, a school teacher, he also took time to say hi to people,” Marcum said. “His presence in the community as a law enforcement officer and just as a man, it’s going to be dearly missed.”
The West Virginia State Police said Sgt. Maynard, 37, was with the WVSP since Oct. 9, 2007. He was a tissue donor. He was married and had two children, 13 and 9, and was from Pike County, Kentucky.
“Cathy [Justice] and I share our deepest sympathies and our heartfelt prayers to all of Trooper Maynard’s loved ones and the entire law enforcement community of West Virginia for this tragic loss tonight,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a press release. Gov. Justice has issued all U.S. and West Virginia flags on State-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of Sgt. Maynard.
According to the WVSP in 2015, Sgt. Maynard was awarded the Lifesaving Award for saving a pursuit suspect’s life in January 2014. The pursuit suspect stabbed himself in the neck after he crashed his vehicle. Maynard applied bandages and pressure to save the man’s life.
As a result of the shooting, graduation activities at Mingo Central High School were postponed to Saturday at 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium, according to the county’s Board of Education Facebook page.